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Opening: Professorship for Fairness and Transparency (W3 or W2 tenure track W3)

A professorship in Fairness and Transparency is available for the Research Center Trustworthy Data Science and Security (RC Trust) at the Faculty of Computer Science.

Associate or Full Professorship for Fairness and Transparency (Open Rank)

We welcome applicants with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research. Candidates should have an excellent track record in at least one of the following areas:

  • Trustworthy Machine Learning for Privacy & Security
  • FAccT (Fairness, Accountability, Transparency)
  • Technology Policy, Privacy Law & Data Science
  • Ethics & AI
  • Human-AI Collaborative Decision Making.

    More information

Opening: Professorship for Computing and Society (W3 or W2 tenure track W3)

A professorship in Computing and Society is available at the Faculty of Computer Science for the Research Center Trustworthy Data Science and Security (RC Trust).

Associate or Full Professorship for Computing and Society (Open Rank)

We welcome applicants with a strong interest in interdisciplinary research. Candidates should have an excellent track record in at least one of the following areas:

  • Computational Social Science
  • Social Computing and Computing Mediated Collaborative Work
  • Economics & Incentives in Computing and Privacy
  • Usable Security.

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Theory Colloquium

The Theory Colloquium is jointly organized by the Faculty of Computer Science and the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy. The talks in the series highlight exciting areas of current theoretical computer science research; familiarity with the topics is not assumed.

The planned series of events will be kicked off by Prof. Dr. Bürgisser (TU Berlin) on June 15, 2022 at 12 pm with the lecture "Complexity of computing complex zeros of structured polynomial systems". All interested parties are cordially invited!


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Michael Walter awarded with ERC Starting Grant

Michael Walter combines research areas that at first glance have little to do with each other - from algebra to quantum computing.

In his search for fast algorithms, computer scientist Prof. Dr. Michael Walter has discovered surprising similarities: A whole series of research problems that seem to have little to do with each other can be traced back to symmetries and optimization problems.In the ERC project, he wants to systematically explore these observations.


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Inaugural lecture Kevin Borgolte

The Faculty of Computer Science cordially invites you to Kevin Borgolte's inaugural lecture "Trustworthy and Secure Software on the Internet?!". Since May 2021, Borgolte holds the professorship for Software Security at our faculty. In his inaugural lecture, he will introduce himself and his research on detecting vulnerabilities and attacks, protecting users and applications (from each other), assessing the impact of software and network protocols on security, privacy, and trustworthiness, and analyzing their use in practice.

When? 22nd of June 2022, 2-3 PM with get-together afterwards
Where? Open Space (ground floor) of the building MC

Abstract and registration

For prospective students: Open house at the Faculty of Computer Science

You are about to make one of the most important decisions of your life - choosing your field of study. And making this decision is not that easy, that's why we want to support you:

We kindly invite you to our campus on June 13th from 11 AM to get to know our faculty. You are still undecided what you want to study? Then we have good reasons why you can shape the world of tomorrow with an IT degree! Or do you already know that you would like to study something related to IT? Then we would be happy to provide you with more information about our degree programs and help you find the right fit for you.

Programme and registration

Inaugural lecture Ghassan Karame

DThe Faculty of Computer Science cordially invites all its members and all those interested to Ghassan Karame’s inaugural lecture „Reflections on a Decade of Blockchain Security Research“. Karame joined our faculty in November 2021 as a professor for Information Security. In his inaugural lecture he will introduce himself and give an overview abot his resarch interests, in particular an overview about security challenges pertaining to existing blockchains which will summarize almost a decade of research on modern blockchain plattforms.

When? 14th June 2022, 2-3 PM with get-together afterwards
Where? Open Space (ground floor) of the building MC


Abstract and registration

Save the Date!
22nd June 2022: Inaugural lecture Kevin Borgolte (Software Security)

Openings: Professorships in Computer Science (W3 and W2 tenure-track W3)

The newly established Faculty of Computer Science has several tenure-track or tenured openings. The positions are part of a concerted effort to strengthen the existing faculty and to foster collaborations with the recently established Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy (MPI-SP). We welcome outstanding applicants from all areas of computer science, including but not limited to:

  • Foundations of Computer Science
  • Programming Languages
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Science (Data Mining, Machine Learning, Big Data)
  • Computer Architecture

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e-Hacking: Dr. Vladislav Mladenov and Dr. Christian Mainka were awarded for innovative teaching

With the e-Hacking platform, students are given the opportunity to try out the practical handling of hacker attacks in a protected environment - both in online lectures and in face-to-face events. The platform will be used primarily in the Message-Level-Security lecture.

For this innovative teaching concept, Dr. Mladenov and Dr. Mainka were awarded a prize in the 5x5000 competition of the RUB E-Learning Team and will receive a grant of 5000 euros for their project.

To the news article (German)

ERC Advanced Grant for Prof. Dr. Eike Kiltz

Practical applications are often complex and mathematically messy – which is why theoretical research has often dealt with problems that have nothing to do with real-world situations. Eike Kiltz hopes to change that.

Cryptography plays a crucial role in modern IT security. And yet, basic research has primarily focused on purely theoretical problems of little practical relevance. “Many significant cryptography problems from the real world have been neglected in the process,” says Professor Eike Kiltz from the Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. His aim is to narrow the gap between theory and practice in cryptography. The European Research Council ERC is funding his research with an Advanced Grant, worth 2.5 million euros for five years. The project is expected to start in autumn 2022.

Full article

picture: Caroline Schreer

Inaugural lecture Alena Naiakshina

The Faculty of Computer Science cordially invites all those interested to Alena Naiakshina's inaugural lecture "Don't Blame Developers! Examining a Password-Storage Study Conducted with Students, Freelancers, and Company Developers". Since November 2021, Naiakshina is the professor Developer Centered Security at our faculty and investigates the behaviour of software developers in the context of IT security. In her inaugural lecture she will present her research on the developers’ security behavior around the security-critical task of user-password storage.

When? 25th of May, 2 p.m.
Where? Open Space of the Faculty of Computer Science (building MC 0.34)


Abstract and registration

Save the Date!
14th of June 2022: Inaugural lecture Ghassan Karame (Information Security)
22nd of June 2022: Inaugural lecture Kevin Borgolte (Software Security)

Student elections: Faculty Council and Senate

On June 14, 2022, the election of students for their representatives in the respective faculty councils and the RUB Senate will take place at RUB. All enrolled students of the faculty can elect their representatives for the term from October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023 and thus actively participate in the processes and life of the faculty and the RUB. Voting will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the kitchen in front of the rooms of the student councils (0.66) in building MC.

All information and proposals

Information event of the examination office and student advisory service on May 23rd

The founding and establishment of our faculty brings with it some new developments and processes. Of course, these also affect you students. In a digital information event on Monday, May 23, 2022 at 8:30 a.m., we would like to introduce you to important structures and people of the faculty, especially the Dean's Office with the staff of the Examination Office and the Student Advisory Service/Program Coordinators. We are looking forward to your input so we can establish an efficient and service-oriented student service!

Zoom link (Meeting-ID: 623 8474 5634, Password: 905999)

"Today, I am very happy with my decision to have studied at RUB"

Kevin Kloft is a graduate of the RUB and now works as a Security Solutions Architect at the cybersecurity consulting boutique carmasec in Cologne. In this interview, he talks about his time as a student, the path to his first job, and his current focus areas.

Not only does he give tips on how to write your thesis and explain what his first steps after graduation looked like, but he also paints a detailed picture of his job as a Security Solutions Architect.

Read the full interview (German)

RuhrSec celebrates its comeback

After a two-year break from Corona, the English-language non-profit IT security conference RuhrSec took place again on May 5 as part of the eurobits Security Summit 2022. About 100 interested people from science and industry filled the event center of the RUB with life and followed the expert presentations.

RuhrSec is organized by the start-up Hackmanit, whose founding team includes Prof. Jörg Schwenk and Dr. Christian Mainka from the Chair of Network and Data Security.

To the event website

Students organize lectures and collect donations

An informative program on the Ukraine war and a joint fundraising campaign with the German Red Cross are scheduled for the end of April 2022 on the RUB campus.

14 RUB students from seven faculties have joined forces to put on a solidarity event in response to the war in Ukraine. On April 25, 27, and 28, 2022, lectures will take place in lecture hall HID and via livestream, each from 5 to 8 p.m. (admission from 4:30 p.m.). Experts from a variety of disciplines, from cybersecurity to historiography, will highlight different aspects of the war. Participation is free of charge. A snack will be provided.

To the program

Register now for ITS.Connect 2022!



Those, who want to prepare for the job fair can have a look at ourjob board which will be updated constantly. The RUB Career Service is also offering the digital warm-up event "Use company fairs correctly" on April 29. Here you can find out how to get the best out of ITS.Connect, leave a lasting impression on companies and how you can stay in touch with exciting companies after the trade fair. If you would like to take part in the trade fair training, simply tick the appropriate box when registering for ITS.Connect!

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Searching for a (student) job? Our new job board is online

If you are looking for an IT job, you don't have to look far with us: in preparation for the job fair for IT security ITS.Connect, which will take place on May 3, 2022, we have relaunched the faculty's own job exchange. Students and alumni of applied computer science, computer science and IT security will find current offers for internships, part-time jobs or permanent positions at the companies participating in the fair. The ads will soon also be bookable for all companies.

Those who would like to get to know the companies personally have the opportunity to do so at ITS.Connect. Open questions can also be clarified. The trade fair training provided by the Career Service ensures optimal preparation for the trade fair, so that nothing stands in the way of your dream job.

Tip: By clicking on the headings, the job offers can be sorted by company, area or type of employment.

Find your dream job here
Information regarding ITS.Connect

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